North Hempstead, New York

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North Hempstead, New York
Town of North Hempstead
North Hempstead Town Hall, located in Manhasset, the town seat.
North Hempstead Town Hall, located in Manhasset, the town seat.
Official logo of North Hempstead, New York
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
North Hempstead, New York is located in New York
North Hempstead, New York
North Hempstead, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°45′32″N 73°35′17″W / 40.75889°N 73.58806°W / 40.75889; -73.58806Coordinates: 40°45′32″N 73°35′17″W / 40.75889°N 73.58806°W / 40.75889; -73.58806
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau County, New York
Named forIts location north of Hempstead
Town SeatManhasset
 • TypeTown Council
 • Town SupervisorJennifer S. DeSena
 • Town Council
Members' List
 • Total69.16 sq mi (179.14 km2)
 • Land53.51 sq mi (138.60 km2)
 • Water15.65 sq mi (40.54 km2)
102 ft (31 m)
 • Total237,639
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,441.02/sq mi (1,714.57/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)516
FIPS code36-059-53000

North Hempstead is one of three towns in Nassau County, on Long Island, in New York, United States. The population was 237,639 at the 2020 census.

The Town of North Hempstead is located in the northwestern part of Nassau County.


The area was first settled by Europeans around 1643 and became part of the town of Hempstead. During the American Revolution the southern part of Hempstead was primarily Tory, while the northern part, having been settled by Yankees, supported the revolution.[3] Following the war, the Town of North Hempstead was split off in 1784.[3]

North Hempstead became more affluent with the opening of the Long Island Rail Road through to Great Neck, and the inauguration of steamboat service from Manhattan in 1836.[3]

The Town of North Hempstead is made up of 30 incorporated villages that claimed the right to set zoning restrictions to protect their rights and resources.[4] No new villages have been created in the Town of North Hempstead since 1932, and prospective villages were further discouraged from incorporating when the county charter was revised in 1936, which denied zoning powers to future villages.[5][6]

There are also some unincorporated areas in the Town of North Hempstead which are not part of villages.[7]


U.S. Census map of North Hempstead (highlighted in yellow).

The western town line is the border of Queens County, New York, part of New York City. The northern town line, delineated by the Long Island Sound, is the border of Bronx County and Westchester County. The town of Oyster Bay is its eastern neighbor.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 69.1 square miles (179 km2), of which 53.6 square miles (139 km2) is land and 15.5 square miles (40 km2), or 22.47%, is water.

North Hempstead is the only town on Long Island that does not have a corresponding hamlet or village in its borders with the same name; Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County and the towns of Huntington, Babylon, Islip, Smithtown, Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, Shelter Island and East Hampton in Suffolk County all have smaller neighborhoods with the same name.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 222,611 people, 76,820 households, and 58,460 families residing in the town. The population density was 4,154.9 people per square mile (1,604.2/km2). There were 78,927 housing units at an average density of 1,473.1 per square mile (568.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 78.98% White, 6.40% African American, 0.14% Native American, 9.11% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.90% from other races, and 2.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.83% of the population.

There were 76,820 households, out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 23.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $96,517, and the median income for a family was $115,697.[1] Males had a median income of $60,094 versus $41,331 for females. The per capita income for the town was $41,621. About 3.1% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Between the 1990 census and the 2000 census, North Hempstead lost some population growth to Queens.[10]

Communities in North Hempstead[edit]

Villages (incorporated)[edit]

The Town of North Hempstead contains 31 villages:[7][11]

Hamlets (unincorporated)[edit]

The Town of North Hempstead includes the following unincorporated hamlets, which are governed by North Hempstead:[7]

Other locations[edit]


The Town of North Hempstead is governed by a seven-member board composed of six council members and the Supervisor. Council members are each elected by and represent a single district within the Town. The Supervisor is elected by and represents the entire Town. In addition to Supervisor, there are two other Town-wide elected positions—Town Clerk and Receiver of Taxes.[13]

As of January 2022, the Town Supervisor of North Hempstead is Jennifer S. DeSena (R (D)-Manhasset).[14][15] DeSena, a registered Democrat who ran on the Republican ticket, succeeded Judi Bosworth.[15] DeSena defeated former Town Clerk and Nassau County Legislator Wayne H. Wink, Jr. (D-Roslyn).[15]

As of June 2021, the members of the Town Council were Viviana Russell (1st District) (D-Westbury); Peter Zuckerman (2nd District) (D-East Hills); Angelo P. Ferrara (3rd District) (R-New Hyde Park); Veronica Lurvey (4th District) (D-Great Neck); Lee R. Seeman (5th District) (D-Great Neck Estates); and Mariann Dalimonte (6th District) (D-Port Washington).[16]

As of January 2022, the Town Clerk of North Hempstead is Ragini Srivastava (R-Manhasset Hills).[17][18]


Top employers[edit]

St. Francis Hospital, located in Flower Hill, was the third largest employer in North Hempstead in 2011.

According to North Hempstead's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[23] the top employers in the town are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Northwell Health 13,332
2 Winthrop-University Hospital 6,600
3 St. Francis Hospital 3,090
4 Parker Jewish Institute 3,084
5 ProHEALTH 2,000
6 Broadridge Financial Solutions 1,500
7 New York Community Bank 1,331
8 Canon 1,167
9 Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association 1,148
10 Pall 800


Rail service[edit]

The Manhasset LIRR station.

The Long Island Rail Road's Oyster Bay Branch serves the town's vicinity from Mineola to Greenvale. The Main Line runs through the southern parts of the town from with stations at Merillon Avenue in Garden City Park through Westbury. The Port Washington Branch runs along the northern part of the town and uses stations from Great Neck across the Manhasset Viaduct into Port Washington.

Bus service[edit]

The Town of North Hempstead is served primarily by Nassau Inter-County Express bus routes, though at least two MTA Bus Routes enter Nassau County from Queens.

Major roads[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "North Hempstead town, Nassau County, New York". Retrieved June 22, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Town of North Hempstead - Town History". Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  4. ^ "Town of North Hempstead - Incorporated Villages". Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  5. ^ Winsche, Richard (October 1, 1999). The History of Nassau County Community Place-Names. Interlaken, New York: Empire State Books. ISBN 978-1557871541.
  6. ^ "CHARTER VOTE BAN SOUGHT IN NASSAU: Lone Beach Brings Suit to Keep Proposition Off the November Ballot. HOME RULE THREAT SEEN Republican Control of Democratic Areas Feared by Proposal, Which Is Called Invalid". The New York Times. September 17, 1936 – via ProQuest.
  7. ^ a b c d "Long Island Index: Interactive Map". Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ "New York: 2000 Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). September 2003. p. III-9. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
  11. ^ "Town of North Hempstead - Incorporated Villages". Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  12. ^ "Town of North Hempstead - Welcome".
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2012-01-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Town of North Hempstead - Jennifer DeSena". Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  15. ^ a b c Pelaez, Robert (2021-12-15). "DeSena claims town board is planning 'deceitful post-election stunt' - Featured". The Island Now. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  16. ^ "Town of North Hempstead - Our Government". Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  17. ^ "Ragini Srivastava". Newsday. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  18. ^ "North Hempstead Officials Sworn In at 2022 Inauguration Ceremony". Retrieved 2022-01-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "Luxury Shopping Center Long Island New York | Americana Manhasset". Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  20. ^ Anastasi, Nick. "Knightsbridge Properties buys former Sabena HQ." Long Island Business News. Friday April 26, 2002. Retrieved on April 26, 2010.
  21. ^ "Contact Details". Archived from the original on March 27, 2006. Retrieved 2006-03-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). Penauille Servisair. Retrieved on 13 September 2011. "Americas Penauille Servisair, 111 Great Neck Road, Suite 600 P.O. Box 355, Great Neck, NY 11022-0355 USA"
  22. ^ "Office Network Archived 2009-02-01 at the Wayback Machine". Sumitomo Corporation. Retrieved on January 25, 2009.
  23. ^ "Town of North Hempstead CAFR" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2013-04-02.

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